Nottingham catchfly (Silene nutans) isn’t much to look at in leaf: just clumps of narrow, rich green leaves around 6 to 8 inches tall. But oh, after the first year, it’s a charmer in bloom! The late-spring to early-summer flowering stems reach 18 to 24 inches tall, with nodding tips and small, white flowers that dangle from one side of each hairy, sticky stem. The blooms open in evening, with narrow petals that roll back toward the purple-striped green calyx. They’re described as being night-scented, but I have to be honest: I caught that on only one night of many times I checked. Maybe it was just bad timing on my part, or due to something in the growing conditions, because other descriptions say the fragrance is powerful and hyacinth-like. With its abundance of dainty blooms and night-flowering habit, Nottingham catchfly is a natural for planting around decks, porches, benches, or anywhere else you like to hang out in the evenings. It is likely to self-sow if not deadheaded. Full sun; average, well-drained soil. Perennial; reportedly hardy in Zones 5 to 8.
Collected in late June 2023. At least 20 seeds. Shipping to US addresses only.
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